Donation appeal


In May 2010 we, the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Associates ltd, founded the www.fcafa.com website to provide an online English language resource of information about the Czechoslovak men and women who served in the RAF during WW2.

Since that foundation, we have published a wide range of articles – currently 584 – providing pertinent information on this subject – from personnel lists, autobiographies, biographies, historical background information, squadron histories, aircraft data, aircraft lists, locations of all the 513 fallen Czechoslovak RAF airmen and woman, to medals awarded, locations of Memorials and Memorial plaques around the world where Czechoslovak RAF personnel are commemorated.

We are pleased that the website has become the leading online resource about the Czechoslovak RAF men and women, with a worldwide readership, with many of our articles now also being in Czech. During the first quarter of 2017, the website will reach the milestone of half a million pages read!

Additionally, we are pro-active in supporting Czechoslovak remembrance events, ceremonies and exhibitions, and have participated in numerous campaigns to ensure that the achievements and exploits of the Czechoslovak RAF men and women are better and correctly, known for the benefit of current and future generations. Our work has also included providing countless relatives with assistance in researching their Czechoslovak RAF relative – our archive is the largest resource for Czechoslovak RAF material outside the Czech and Slovak Republics.

This good work is all being achieved with the help of a small dedicated team of volunteers, from around the world – from researchers, translators, historians, Czechoslovak RAF relatives to photographers and graphic specialists – who assist us in many ways with their valuable time and resources.

So far all this has been achieved by privately funding or by donations, but to enable us to continue maintaining this high standard and to help open more avenues for our research, further financial support is needed.

Would you please consider donating to help us achieve this aim?

A donate button is in the right hand panel of this webpage.

We thank you in advance for any support you can give!




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Sest statecnych





Šest statečných


Osudy třebíčských letců v RAF

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Eva Pokorná




Regionální kniha autorky Evy Pokorné důkladně mapuje osudy šesti třebíčských letců, Bedřicha Kružíka, Jindřicha Svobody, Stanislava Huňáčka, Karla Nahodila, Josefa Macháčka a Emanuela Krajiny. Tito hrdinové bojovali na křídlech RAF v 2. světové válce.

Author Evy Pokorná gives detailed biographies of the six airmen – Bedřich Kružík, Jindřich Svoboda, Stanislav Huňáček, Karla Nahodila, Josef Macháček and Emanuel Krajina from Třebíč who all served in the RAF during WW2.

Publisher: Apis Press
ISBN: 978-80-904925-4-7
Format: Hardback, 254 pages
Language: Czech
Published: 2016
Price: 300 Kč




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Painting Auction


V pondělí 31. 10. 2016 proběhla na MěÚ v Havlíčkově Brodě tisková konference ke 100. výročí narození nejlepšího čs. stíhače Karla M. Kuttelwaschera. Tuto připomínku organizovala společnost PROMEDICA PRAHA GROUP, a.s. spolu s Czech Spitfire Clubem. Vzácným hostem byla paní Vee Darlington, dcera Karla Kuttelwaschera, která 28. 10. 2016 za něj převzala Řád bílého lva. Konferenci slovem provázel Ing. Zdeněk Sádecký, předseda Czech Spitfire Clubu.

On Monday 31 October 2016, a press conference was held at Havlíčkův Brod to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karel M. Kuttelwascher, the most successful Czechoslovak fighter pilot of WW2. The event was jointly organised by the Promedica Praha Group a.s. together with the Czech Spitfire Club. Guest of Honour was Vee Darlington, one of Karel Kuttelwascher’s daughters who, on 28 October 2016 had received the Řád bílého lva = Oder of the White Lion – on behalf of her father. The conference was chaired by Ing. Zdeněk Sádecký, Chairman of the Czech Spitfire Club chairman.

Byly promítnuty dva krátké filmy o čs. letcích v RAF z nichž jeden byl věnovaný právě Karlu Kuttelwascherovi. Dále pak Ing. Vladimíra Horváthová ze společnost PROMEDICA PRAHA GROUP, a.s. předala paní Vee Darlington příspěvek 50 000,-Kč na léčbu pro její sestru Mari Rowe (mladší dvojče), která má diagnostikován mnohočetný myelom.

During the conference two short films about Czechoslovak airmen in RAF were shown, one of which was about Karel Kuttelwascher. During the conference, Ing. Vladimíra Horváthová from Promedica Praha Group a.s. presented Mrs Vee Darlington a 50 000,- Kč donation towards the treatment of her younger sister, Mari Rowe who has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Dalšími hosty byli také Jiří a Ondřej Soukupovi za Aviation Art Gallery, kteří se zabývají tvorbou obrazů hlavně s leteckou tématikou. Autorský tandem zde představil svůj nejnovější obraz „Noční loviště St. André“.

Also attending the conference were Jiří and Ondřej Soukup from Aviation Art Gallery whose paintings mainly have an aviation theme. The two artists presented their latest ‘Night Hunting Ground St. André’.

Je na něm zachycena typická noční akce F/Lt. Karla Kuttelwaschera vzlétajícího ve svém Hurricanu JX-E „Night Reaper“ na operace Night Intruder. Podepsanou kopii tohoto obrazu s věnováním předali Jiří a Ondřej přítomné dceři tohoto pilota paní Vee Darlington.

This painting depicts a typical night combat of F/Lt. Karel Kuttelwascher flying in his Hurricane JX-E ‘Night Reaper’ on a night intruder patrol. A signed copy of this painting, with a dedication, was given by Jiří and Ondřej to Vee.

Pánové z Aviation Art Gallery zde oznámili svůj úmysl tento obraz, podepsaný paní Vee Darlington, vydražit a získanou částku poskytnout také na léčbu paní Mari Rowe a připojit se tak také k podpoře PROMEDICA PRAHA GROUP, a.s.

Extending the support already given by Promedica Praha Group a.s. for the treatment of Mari Rowe, Jiří and Ondřej announced their intention to auction this canvas painting, signed by Mrs Vee Darlington, with the proceeds being donated to help fund the required treatment for Mrs Mari Rowe

Záštitu a technickou realizaci převzal letecký časopis Flying Revue a dražba bude odstartována na webové stránce Flying Revue. Týmu Flying Revue děkujeme za jejich podporu a věříme, že se najde i štědrý mecenáš.

The online auction is to be held under the auspices of aviation magazine ‘Flying Revue’ and will be held on their website. We thank the Flying Revue team for their support and believe that the painting will find a generous patron.

Jiří Soukup/Aviation Art Gallery, 1. 11.2016




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Remembrance 2016





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Brookwood October 2016



The annual ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 28 October 1918, was held at the Czechoslovak Memorial, at the Brookwood CWGC cemetery on Sunday 30 October.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are currently undertaking extensive maintenance refurbishment on the Czechoslovak and the adjoining Polish and Belgian sections of the cemetery which gave an unusual appearance to the event.

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The event was well attended with Col. Jiří Svatoš and Col. Milan Gavlas, Defence Attachés of the Czech and Slovak Republic, two Czechoslovak RAF veterans, widows and descendants of Czechoslovak RAF airmen and soldiers – including from the Czech Republic and the USA, members of CWGC and well wishers.

Speeches by Col. Jiří Svatoš and Col. Milan Gavlas, representing their respective countries, both highlighted the contribution that Czechoslovak airmen and soldiers had made in WW2 in their fight to liberate Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation.

Wreaths were then laid followed by the Czech, Slovak and British national anthems.

Attendees then went to the nearby post-WW2 Czechoslovaks ex-servicemen’s section where small Czech and Slovak flags were placed by the graves.

Special thanks are again due to Vladimír Anděl who had again undertaken his sterling voluntary work of laying red carnations against each of the 98 headstone in this plot, the communal graves of the October 1945 Liberator crash and also by the headstones of W/Cdr Josef Ocelka, S/Ldr Jaroslav Malý and Sgt Anton Vanco which are located in the CWGC graves opposite the RAF building.




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RNDr Air Marshall Karel Janousek awarded the White Lion


On 28 October 2016, to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the foundation of the state of Czechoslovakia, RNDr Air Marshall Karel Janoušek was awarded the Military Order of the White Lion, 1st Class – Vojenský řád Bílého lva „Za vítězství“, I. třída, it is the highest order of the Czech Republic.

RNDr Air Marshall Karel Janoušek was the Commander in Chief of the Czechoslovak RAF forces in England during WW2.




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Congratulations to Karel Kuttelwascher


On 28 October 2016, to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the foundation of the state of Czechoslovakia, Karel Kuttelwascher was awarded the Military Order of the White Lion, 1st Class – Vojenský řád Bílého lva „Za vítězství“, I. třída, it is the highest order of the Czech Republic.

Karel Kuttelwascher was the most successful Czechoslovak fighter pilot of WW2. He was the RAF’s 6th most successful night fighter and their most successful night intruder pilot. All of which was achieved without the assistance of radar.




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Stanislav Hlucka book launch


On 2 October 2016, the book ‘Stanislav Hlučka Stíhací pilot z Blažovic’ by Kristýna Vodičková, a biography of Stanislav Hlučka was launched at an event at Blažovic.

Stanislav Hlučka was a Czechoslovak RAF fighter pilot who flew with 313 Sqn who, in February 1944, was one of the 20 Czechoslovak Fighter pilots who volunteered to join the 1st Czechoslovak Independent Fighter Air Regiment in Russia. That Autumn he flew in the ill-fated Slovak uprising. Despite having flown for the Soviet forces in WW2, following the communist take-over of Czechoslovakia in February 1948, he was persecuted, arrested and imprisoned by the communists.

The book launch included an exhibition about the life of Stanislav Hlučka; his early life in his hometown of Blažovic, his military service in the RAF and Russia and post WW2 life. Also on display was RAF memorabilia and several RAF and WAAF re-enactors also attended.

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Brookwood 30 October


At 2pm on Sunday 30 October,

the annual ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of

the founding of Czechoslovakia in 28 October 1918

will be held.

at the Czechoslovak Memorial in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.





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President Benes awards medals


London 30 July 1942, President Beneš awards the Czechoslovak Válečný kříž 1939 medal to W/Cmdr Max Aitkin, S/Ldr James MacLachlan DSO, DFC and Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and bar.




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